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  • Music Video Remix Bishop Grimes I had the pleasure of working with Tammy Williams, the general music and chorus teacher for Bishop Grimes. She had three seventh grade and two eighth grade classes that she ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2016, 7:25 AM by Katie Harmon
  • Google Keep for Research Notecards The thought dawned on me today that Google Keep is a nice little tool that students can use like research note cards. It's not a perfect solution but it ...
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  • Rubric Grading in Google Docs: Orange Slice Kathryn, from Seton High School, sent me this add-on the other day. I was so excited to find it because as a former English teacher, I know how cumbersome ...
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  • 3D Art and SU Makerspace Lesson or Project: 3D Art Comes to Life with 3D Printing at SU MakerspaceBishop Grimes, East Syracuse 9th Grade 3D Art Class visits SU Makerspace to 3D print designs ...
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  • Book Creator App and 1st Grade Lesson or Project: 1st Grade Shark Book ProjectHoly Cross School, Fayetteville iPad App: Book CreatorHow it Works:Book Creator is an ebook creation tool on the iPad. Students ...
    Posted Dec 23, 2015, 10:42 AM by Katie Harmon
  • Educreations at Holy Cross Lesson or Project: 4th Grade Native American Video and 2nd Grade Traditions Video Holy Cross, Dewitt iPad App and website: Educreations How it Works: Educreations gives students the ability to ...
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  • Chrombook Pilot for 5th and 6th grade During December, Holy Family piloted a set of Chromebooks in their building.Holy Family School, CamillusBackground:Holy Family was considering buying Chromebooks for their students, since they only have ...
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  • 3rd Grade Fables and Puppet Pals App Lesson or Project: 3rd Grade Fable-telling with Puppet PalsHoly Cross School, Fayetteville How it Works:Puppet Pals is an iPad app that allows students to create visual story ...
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posted May 4, 2018, 9:05 AM by Katie Regan


Music Video Remix Bishop Grimes

posted Jun 15, 2016, 7:24 AM by Katie Harmon   [ updated Jun 15, 2016, 7:25 AM ]

I had the pleasure of working with Tammy Williams, the general music and chorus teacher for Bishop Grimes. She had three seventh grade and two eighth grade classes that she wanted to do something different. During our brainstorm together we came up with:
  • A one stop shop packet for each group in Google Docs
  • Using Google Classroom to organize groups, share the packet, and collect projects
  • Use of WeVideo for video editing
Students used their cell phones or web cams to record video that would be put to a song (school appropriate of course) of their choice. 
Here are some of the projects I really wanted to share.

 
 
 
 

Google Keep for Research Notecards

posted Feb 29, 2016, 11:14 AM by Katie Harmon   [ updated Feb 29, 2016, 12:40 PM ]

The thought dawned on me today that Google Keep is a nice little tool that students can use like research note cards. It's not a perfect solution but it has it's perks! Check these out:
  • Organize notecards by topic (label)
  • Organize and color code by text
  • Keyword search
  • Send all notes to one Google Doc
  • Collaborate or share each note, or wait until you create the Doc to share.
  • Work alongside to-do lists and reminders
  • Include images and voice recordings in your notes
Step 1:
Start a new note:


Step 2:
Add a label - This would be the topics by which you would be organizing your paper in a traditional notecard taking scenario. 
Then, filter by color (see right). 
 

Google Keep Add Label

 

Google Keep Filter by Label



Step 3: 
Color code by text, subtopic, or fact vs opinion; whatever works for your visual organization. Then, filter by color.

Google Keep Color Code and Filter Notes


Step 3: 
Reorganize how you think you might want the notes to show up in your paper in order.

Google Keep Reorganize Notes


Step 4:
Select all notes (check one, hit CTRL A or Command A on your keyboard to select all). Send to Google Doc. Open Google Doc.
 

Google Keep Send to Google Doc

 

Google Keep Open Google Doc with Notes



Rubric Grading in Google Docs: Orange Slice

posted Feb 12, 2016, 7:39 AM by Katie Harmon   [ updated Feb 12, 2016, 7:43 AM ]

Kathryn, from Seton High School, sent me this add-on the other day. I was so excited to find it because as a former English teacher, I know how cumbersome it can be to grade papers electronically.

This tool is great because it not only has pre-built rubrics for basic writing, but you can customize it any way you'd like. 

Steps to using this with Google Classroom (makes your life WAY easier!)
1. Create a template assignment
2. Add Orange Slice to your add-on menu
3. Create the rubric and modify the settings
4. Send template out in Google Classroom to your students (make sure to choose "Make a Copy for Each Student" when attaching the Google Doc)
5. Students open assignment and work on it
6. Teacher opens assignment from Drive or Classroom, opens Orange Slice, and grades away!


3D Art and SU Makerspace

posted Dec 28, 2015, 8:51 AM by Katie Harmon   [ updated Dec 28, 2015, 8:52 AM ]

Lesson or Project: 3D Art Comes to Life with 3D Printing at SU Makerspace
Bishop Grimes, East Syracuse 
9th Grade 3D Art Class visits SU Makerspace to 3D print designs
iPad App and website: TinkerCad

How it Works: Tinkercad is an online program that allows students to create and design objects in a 3D environment. 
 Curricular Connections: 
Students learned about 3D art concepts in class and then applied that to their designs on Tinkercad. They also had to learn about measurement and geometric shapes and how that translated from their design on paper to their design in the program. 

The students were able to visit the SU Makerspace and get help printing their designs with 3D printers.


Teaching Standards:
Knowledge of Student Learning, Professional Growth

Learning Standards/Concepts:
Creativity, critical thinking, measurement concepts, geometry, planes and axis, engineering and design


Book Creator App and 1st Grade

posted Dec 21, 2015, 9:54 AM by Katie Harmon   [ updated Dec 23, 2015, 10:42 AM ]

Lesson or Project: 1st Grade Shark Book Project
Holy Cross School, Fayetteville 
iPad App: Book Creator

How it Works:
Book Creator is an ebook creation tool on the iPad. Students can add text, images, voice, and drawings. 
 Curricular Connections:
These students learned all about sharks. They each created a paper copy of a book that is meant to teach others about what sharks are, what they eat, and how they live. Students then learned how to use the app, how to add pictures, voice, text, and drawings. They had such a good time creating their own ebook!

Teaching Standards:
Knowledge of Students and Student Learning, Instructional Practice, Learning Environment, Assessment for Student Learning, Professional Growth

Learning Standards:
Reading Informational Text, Writing, Communication

Educreations at Holy Cross

posted Dec 21, 2015, 8:15 AM by Katie Harmon   [ updated Dec 23, 2015, 10:44 AM ]

Lesson or Project: 4th Grade Native American Video and 2nd Grade Traditions Video
Holy Cross, Dewitt
iPad App and website: Educreations

How it Works: Educreations gives students the ability to draw, add photos, and text to a white canvas (or lined or grid). The app also allows students to record their voice either while they are drawing or after they add their content to the canvas.
 Curricular Connections:
2nd grade students were working on traditions for birthdays, Christmas, etc. They organized their thoughts on paper in a graphic organizer. The students then created a canvas of text and images that coordinate to each of the traditions they wrote about. They then recorded themselves talking about the traditions on each canvas. 4th grade students did the same thing but they created videos based on their research of Native Americans. Their videos showcased all they learned about the Native American culture.

Teaching Standards:
Knowledge of Students and Student Learning, Instructional Practice, Learning Environment, Assessment for Student Learning, Professional Growth

Learning Standards:
Research, Reading Informational Text, Communication

Chrombook Pilot for 5th and 6th grade

posted Dec 18, 2015, 8:50 AM by Katie Harmon   [ updated Jan 5, 2016, 5:54 AM ]

During December, Holy Family piloted a set of Chromebooks in their building.
Holy Family School, Camillus

Background:
Holy Family was considering buying Chromebooks for their students, since they only have one computer lab and no other student devices. Sister Christina wanted to know how the Chromebooks might be used in the classroom. We brought in a set for the 5th and 6th grade teachers to use.

Lesson or Project: 5th Grade State Project

 How it Works:
Google Slides is Google Apps for Educations presentation tool. It works just like Power Point. What's nice about Google Slides is that the students can insert any picture from the web just by searching right in Slides. They can also work on it on a Chromebook, in the computer lab, or at home on their computer. 
 Curricular Connections:
Students learned about one of the 50 states; each researched a different state. They then added their research to slides, included pictures, and even a video! Then, they presented their slides to their classmates to show them what they learned.

Teaching Standards:
Knowledge of Content and Instructional Planning, Learning Environment, Instructional Practice, Professional Growth

Learning Standards:
Research, Writing, Reading Informational Texts, Communication

Link to student samples
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Lesson or Project: 6th Grade Ancient Greece Project


How it Works:
Prezi is an online presentation tool that is very different from anything you've seen before. Users have a canvas and can add content like images, pdf files, videos, and text to the canvas. They group the content and order it however they want. The user then choses which content is displayed when. The presentation zooms around the canvas to show the content. It's really neat! Oh, and the best part - students can work on it at the same exact time but from two different computers! 
 Curricular Connections:
In small groups of two or three, students researched aspects of Ancient Greek culture. They used Prezi to present their research findings.  They collaborated on the Prezi in real time on their individual Chromebooks. Mrs. Shifflet brought me in a few times to teach the students how to use Prezi and then again to offer advice and follow up on any "how tos." They then presented their content to the class.


Teaching Standards:
Knowledge of Content and Instructional Planning, Learning Environment, Instructional Practice, Professional Growth


Learning Standards (NYS CCS and ISTE):
Research, Writing, Reading Informational Texts, Communication, Collaboration


3rd Grade Fables and Puppet Pals App

posted Dec 18, 2015, 8:38 AM by Katie Harmon   [ updated Dec 23, 2015, 11:47 AM ]

Lesson or Project: 3rd Grade Fable-telling with Puppet Pals
Holy Cross School, Fayetteville

 How it Works:
Puppet Pals is an iPad app that allows students to create visual story-telling videos. Students can choose characters, backgrounds, and props. They then record their voices over each character. When they are finished, the end result is a video of their story. 
 Curricular Connections:
3rd Grade students learned the elements of a Fable. They were then paired up to collaborate on a story. When they began using the app to create their story, the students were instructed to revise their story as needed to fit in with the setting and characters in the app. They shared their stories with their classmates.

Teaching Standards:
Knowledge of Students and Student Learning, Instructional Practice, Learning Environment, Assessment for Student Learning, Professional Growth

Learning Standards:
Reading Literature, Writing, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity


Google Calendar Extension for Chrome

posted Sep 9, 2015, 7:43 AM by Katie Harmon


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